There is a large movement in the sake world to create and brew sakes to share more wine-like qualities. High acidity, big presence, fruit forward, light pasteurization are all ways to make a brew drink more in the wine silo. Some breweries are actually using French wine terms in marketing their sakes.
Oddly when I am out drinking with sake brewery owners they always want to try these “crossover” sakes to see what they taste like. More often then not they are always impressed and give their seal of approval that does not send these efforts into the “novelty” category.
I find them to be interesting and as a sake warrior I must defer to the “elders” and follow their lead of acceptance. I have always liked sake being sake in it’s own niche, but since the wine world doesn’t treat sake with respect maybe this is a pathway for total world sake domination.
In this regard we usually have a few of these types of brews in the store that have these wine-like qualities, BUT for a very very limited time – 8 bottles – we have of one of the top sakes in this crossover category, and it’s NAMA! Wow!
There is a famous brewery in Nagano that is actually a winery, but historically it was a brewery that lost its sake brewing license during the war. Huh? Yes, bare with me it’s a good...
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